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Sun Jun 18, 2017, 09:10 PM

Tomorrow is Juneteenth.

Tomorrow, on Galveston, the birthplace of Juneteenth, I will join the procession, from Reedy Chapel, the Mother Church of the AME in Texas. We will solemnly walk from Reedy, to the court house, where Buffalo Soldiers will read Article 3.
FREEDOM.
EQUALITY. FREEDOM.
Usually, there is a JOYFUL walk back to Reedy, & a Service of Spirituals & Gospel music, & shoutin', & Community, & Love, & HOPE, that the future holds great things. Singin' & dancin & shouting with JOY.
Then, we have a lil feast & visit & celebrate.

This year, for me & others, is different. 2 years & 2 days ago was the Charleston massacre. In the past 2 years, how many Black people executed without JUSTICE, by cops & civilians? How many trials not holding murderers to account?

This is the 1st post-Obama Juneteenth. He & his Family made us SO proud, so HOPE FULL.

We lost a Wonder FULL Friend & Teacher this past week. I went to her funeral yesterday, we celebrated her amazing LIFE. Sister Izola Collins had 87 years of rockin' this Earth! 💖
She wrote the book...
"ISLAND OF COLOR ..Where Juneteenth Started"

So, we'll march, & I won't be the only one in tears.

For more Juneteenth info, PBS (Houston) has a great series, "Juneteenth Jubilee".

If You feel so inclined, please send Prayers & goood vibes, 5:30pm, central time, to Galveston, to Texas, to ALL the World, without exception.

Aho

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Reply Tomorrow is Juneteenth. (Original post)
furtheradu Jun 2017 OP
babylonsister Jun 2017 #1
furtheradu Jun 2017 #5
sheshe2 Jun 2017 #2
furtheradu Jun 2017 #6
sheshe2 Jun 2017 #11
furtheradu Jun 2017 #14
sheshe2 Jun 2017 #23
furtheradu Jun 2017 #32
Tanuki Jun 2017 #3
furtheradu Jun 2017 #7
Tanuki Jun 2017 #9
furtheradu Jun 2017 #10
sheshe2 Jun 2017 #26
furtheradu Jun 2017 #28
luvMIdog Jun 2017 #4
furtheradu Jun 2017 #8
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2017 #12
furtheradu Jun 2017 #13
furtheradu Jun 2017 #20
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2017 #22
furtheradu Jun 2017 #24
raging moderate Jun 2017 #15
furtheradu Jun 2017 #17
LeftInTX Jun 2017 #16
furtheradu Jun 2017 #18
Lazy Daisy Jun 2017 #19
furtheradu Jun 2017 #21
nolabear Jun 2017 #25
furtheradu Jun 2017 #29
Cha Jun 2017 #27
furtheradu Jun 2017 #30
Cha Jun 2017 #31
oasis Jun 2017 #33
furtheradu Jun 2017 #34
furtheradu Jun 2017 #35
sprinkleeninow Jun 2017 #36
furtheradu Jun 2017 #37
HipChick Jun 2017 #38
furtheradu Jun 2017 #39

Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 09:53 PM

1. Thanks for your perspective.

I lived in Houston for 16+ years and heard about this celebration yearly, but never heard your accounting.

Keep happy and keep building and keep the faith. This too shall pass.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:16 PM

5. Thank You! 💖 Yes! Keep the Faith!

Thank YOU.💖
I appreciate Your Goood thoughts.

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 09:55 PM

2. I did not see your post before I posted mine.

It is different so I will leave it up. You will have my thoughts and good vibes when you walk tomorrow, furtheradu.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:19 PM

6. I SO appreciate Your OP!💖

The details are SO important.
Thank YOU & BLESS YOU! 💖

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Response to furtheradu (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:42 PM

11. Thanks...

It will sink like a stone, sad that.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 11:21 PM

14. Your post is SO important.

I am thankFULL You shared it! Any one who reads it will be amazed & enLightened.
Your Passion is a beauti FULL thing.
Sister Izola embodied PASSION.
YOU have it, too.💖

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Response to furtheradu (Reply #14)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:28 AM

23. I will post some here for more to see.







...in the early months of 1865, Texas newspapers still contained advertisements of slaves for sale as Texans went about their slave-holding business as usual openly defying compliance with the proclamation. Some Texas slaves reported being in bondage as much as six years after emancipation, and after Juneteenth, blacks were murdered, lynched, and harassed by whites.
“The war may not have brought a great deal of bloodshed to Texas,” notes historian Elizabeth Hayes Turner, “but the peace certainly did.”


Slave “patrols” of whites scoured the countryside for runaway blacks, who were beaten and sometimes killed. The same held true for sympathizing whites. The fear and uncertainty about emancipated slaves was evidenced in stories appearing in the Galveston newspaper, wondering about the white citizens' plight, economically and socially, under “a government in which we have now no voice.” Another piece, in the Galveston Tri-Weekly News, on June 21: “This attempt to overthrow an institution that has become a part of our social system and which our entire population has believed essential to the welfare of both races, led to the war ... and all we can do in our present entire dependence on the clemency of our conquerors, is to repeat to them what we have been urging for so many years ... that the attempt to set the negro free from all restraint and make him politically the equal of the white man, will be most disastrous to the whole country and absolutely ruinous to the South.”
That was the mood that greeted Gen. Granger and his troops, who met no resistance at Galveston, two and a half months after Lee's surrender and three weeks after Gen. E. Kirby Smith had surrendered the last regular Texas Confederate soldiers at Galveston Island. Granger was sent to command the Department of Texas and among his first duties was announcing General Order No. 3:

“The people are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and of property, between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them, becomes that between employer and hired labor: The Freedmen are advised to remain at their present homes, and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts; and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

Granger set up a provisional government as some of his troops continued throughout South and East Texas enforcing the “official” mandate of freedom.
And yet … Juneteenth is now a celebration.
In 1979, Gov. Bill Clements signed a bill making June 19 “Emancipation Day in Texas,'” a legal holiday.

Emancipation for Blacks in Texas, for former slaves throughout the Union, no matter how awkward its first steps, would defy even the most dire predictions for what was to become of a race of people suddenly given the ability to decide their own direction and overcome such notions as this one: “The extinction of slavery is simply the extinction of the Negro race.”

Much More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/18/1670962/-Juneteenth-and-the-memorial-to-black-history-in-Texas

So many steps forward and so many steps back. We have a cruel history that keeps repeating itself.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #23)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 01:21 AM

32. This is just Wonder FULL. Thank YOU!

Thanks SO much for sharing this!
YOU are sure lifting my Heart, after a rough, sorry week..
I will Walk tomorrow, & carry Your thoughts,
& I *WILL* get my Praise on.
Thank YOU.💖

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:13 PM

3. This is the statement President Obama's White House released last

year on the eve of Juneteenth:
"For Immediate Release
June 19, 2016

Statement by the President on the Observance of Juneteenth

Just outside the Oval Office hangs a painting depicting the night of December 31, 1862. In it, African-American men, women, and children crowd around a single pocket watch, waiting for the clock to strike midnight and the Emancipation Proclamation to take effect. As the slaves huddle anxiously in the dimly lit room, we can sense how even two more minutes seems like an eternity to wait for one’s freedom. But the slaves of Galveston, Texas, had to wait more than two years after Lincoln’s decree and two months after Appomattox to receive word that they were free at last.

Today we commemorate the anniversary of that delayed but welcome news. Decades of collective action would follow as equality and justice for African-Americans advanced slowly, frustratingly, gradually, on our nation’s journey toward a more perfect union. On this Juneteenth, we remember that struggle as we reflect on how far we’ve come as a country. The slaves of Galveston knew their freedom was only a first step, just as the bloodied foot soldiers who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge 100 years later knew they had to keep marching.

Juneteenth is a time to recommit ourselves to the work that remains undone. We remember that even in the darkest hours, there is cause to hope for tomorrow’s light. Today, no matter our race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, we recommit ourselves to working to free modern-day slaves around the world and to honoring in our own time the efforts of those who fought so hard to steer our country truer to our highest ideals."









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Response to Tanuki (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:24 PM

7. Thank You so much for sharing this.

I am weeping & just THANK YOU. 💖

& THANK YOU, PRESIDENT OBAMA!
WE LOVE YOU.

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Response to furtheradu (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:33 PM

9. I will set an alarm for 5:30 p.m. tomorrow to join you in prayer for peace, freedom,

justice, and healing of our broken world.

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:41 PM

10. Thank YOU.💖

YOU are an

& sing for me..
"O, Happy Day..O HAPPY DAY.."
PEACE
FREEDOM
JUSTICE
..& HEALING.

Thank YOU 💖

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Response to furtheradu (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:37 AM

26. ...

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #26)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:57 AM

28. Awww...YES!

Thank YOU.💖
WE sang this yesterday, at Sister Izola's
"Home Going" Service..


Thank YOU!

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:14 PM

4. I will be thinking of all of you :)

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Response to luvMIdog (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:28 PM

8. Thank You,Sweeet Heart💖

You BLESS the World. 💖🌎💖
Yes, You do!

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 10:45 PM

12. YOU and all the folks marching for peace and justice will be in my thoughts tomorrow....

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #12)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 11:12 PM

13. Thank YOU.💖

I will be carrying the goood vibes of YOU, & other DUers with me.
There will be tears..
& LOVE & JOY.

We will remember where we came from.
We WILL create a better World.
BELIEVE IT.💖

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #12)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:14 AM

20. Reedy Chapel on fb

Haven't been there in a long while.

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Response to furtheradu (Reply #20)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:20 AM

22. Thanks!

I'll go find you.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #22)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:28 AM

24. Ha! Thought You💖would get a kick out of that!

By the Way, event will probably be on the teevee machine, channels 2, 11, 13, 26 & 39, Houston area.
I'm not techy enough to post links, but maybe the gooogle can help.
Thank You, Sweeetness 💖!

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 11:23 PM

15. Still rising, after all these years.

No matter what....a triumph for all humanity.

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Response to raging moderate (Reply #15)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 11:40 PM

17. Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around..

O happy day..
O HAPPY DAY..!

Y'all sure are lifting my Spirit.
Thank YOU.

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 11:27 PM

16. Will be thinking of you!

It has been very hot, hope the heat isn't too bad.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #16)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 11:54 PM

18. It's ALWAYS hot, & "humit"!

& then we crowd into that precious Sanctuary, & *SING* & *DANCE* & SWEAT! & then there's lots of sweaty, LOVING hugs!
Awww.. You all have cheered me up, immensely.

Sister Izola *WILL BE* in the House.💖 **

** She played the pipe organ, at least once a month.. it's one of 2 in all the World, the other one is in the Smithsonian.

So, YEAH! It will be HOT.
In more Ways than one!

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:07 AM

19. I'm ashamed to say I had to look this up

 

While reading a brief history on the date I asked myself why we don't celebrate any of these important dates nationally.
(September 22, 1862
January 1, 1863
June 19, 1865)

Sadly, I already know the answer.


Warmth & Light be with you tomorrow and every other day.

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Response to Lazy Daisy (Reply #19)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:19 AM

21. Thank YOU.💖

NO shame..
This is "hidden history",You have to dig for it..but it's SO worth the effort.
Thank YOU for caring, & for Your BLESSING.

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:37 AM

25. Thank you. You'll be in my thoughts.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #25)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 01:00 AM

29. Thank YOU 💜

I appreciate Your kind thoughts, so much.

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:48 AM

27. Mahalo for this news, furtheradu!

RIP~Izola Collins

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Response to Cha (Reply #27)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 01:11 AM

30. Full on tears.. thank YOU, Cha💙

Sister Izola was an amazing Musician..she performed at the Apollo, way back when.

There is some MIGHTY Music happening in Heaven, now.
She WILL be in the House💖, Juneteenth.

Cha!



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Response to furtheradu (Reply #30)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 01:14 AM

31. Awww.. Lovely Tribute

to Sister Izola, further!

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 01:49 AM

33. K and R for Juneteenth.

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Response to oasis (Reply #33)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:12 AM

34. Thank YOU.💖

Juneteenth Blessings on You, & on us ALL.

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:43 AM

35. fYi, SheShe2 has a WonderFULL OP on this

in the AA group. Please check it out. I would like to link to it here, but I don't know how
Thank YOU ALL💖, for Your kind thoughts, Prayers, & goood vibes.
I will take pics of Juneteenth on my magic phone, but not sure I can post them, cuz...You know Imma da.

But Houston teevee will likely cover it or livestream? Channels 2,11,13,26,39.
Thanks, Y'all 💖 for the sweeet vibes.

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:13 AM

36. I knew of 'Juneteenth' but not the particulars.

May your walk and fellowship of praise, music, dancing be Divinely filled.
Choicest blessings for you and yours, Sister in Humanity.
Love, sprink 💓

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #36)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 10:11 AM

37. Thanks for this!

I appreciate Your kind words & Blessings.

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Response to furtheradu (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 10:15 AM

38. Thank You!

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Response to HipChick (Reply #38)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 10:28 AM

39. ThankYOU 💚

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